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National Lyme Disease Awareness Month: What You Need to Know About Ticks

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month: What You Need to Know About Ticks

What is Lyme Disease?

As explained by the CDC “Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. It is most commonly transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.”

With a growing number of cases, it is important to be informed about Lyme disease and know what can be done to prevent and treat it in order to protect our families and communities. 

How Can I Avoid Getting Lyme Disease?

Transmission of Lyme disease from ticks can take 24-48 hours in most cases. That’s a long bite, so by checking for ticks regularly, you can avoid many of the problems ticks cause by finding and removing them before they’ve had a chance to infect you. 

Check for Ticks on people and pets regularly, and if you find one pull it out right away. 

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CDC Instructions for Removing a Tick:

  1. “Use clean, fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you cannot remove the mouth easily with tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by
    • Putting it in alcohol,
    • Placing it in a sealed bag/container,
    • Wrapping it tightly in tape, or
    • Flushing it down the toilet.
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Avoid folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible–not waiting for it to detach.”

Other steps to prevent Lyme disease include using tick preventatives on pets, using insect repellent, applying pesticides to your property, and reducing tick habitat. A Fox Pest Control Technician is ready to help you treat your yard and will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized tick treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.

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What Should I Do If I’ve Been Bitten By A Tick?

Don’t panic. The CDC states, “Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.” Talk to your doctor if you suspect you see early signs of Lyme disease.

You might recognize a tick bite by how it looks. Often it resembles a target, or an oval shaped rash, but it can vary in appearance. 

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If the swollen spot grows and swelling persists for a week or more, this could be an early sign of Lyme disease. Early treatment could prevent long-term effects, so seek professional help if you see this kind of swelling.

For more information on ticks and how to prevent them click HERE or call (855)FOX-PEST. We are offering $50 Off Tick Control if you follow this link. Fox Pest Control is ready to help protect your family and pets from ticks and the diseases they carry.

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